Review: Origin by Jennifer Armentrout

Posted April 6, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: Origin by Jennifer Armentrout

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Series: Lux #4
Genres: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Entangled Teen
Released on August 27, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Aliens in Vegas.

The freaking world was coming to an end.

Daemon from Origin[/quote]

Odd way to begin a review I’ll grant you, but seriously?  I’m with Daemon on this one.  This book threw everything, but the suds in the kitchen sink at me.  At the end of each book in this series, I’m left with the same sole thought, “Things just got real”.  And woo boy did they.  Not even sure what I’m going to say that will get across the fab-ness of this book without giving up the good stuff in gibbering spoilery remarks.  But I’ll try.

First of all, do not go past this point if you haven’t gotten to book three or let’s just say its on your head if you do when it comes to spoiling that cliffhanger.

And now that I’ve finished this book, I have a recommendation for the adults reading my review that I didn’t have an opinion about before.  Read Obsession before this one (sorry young folk, but the Arum book falls in that 18+ age limit for readers).  Much better experience for you in understanding some of the craziness that Daemon and Katy get exposed to- not that skipping it will detract from the story or that anything is missing.  Just richer experience stuff.

So on to the summary that…yeah, hmmm.  How to do that without messing up the anticipation for everyone…

Katy is indeed captured and held by Daedalus.  She is taken to a secure secret facility and the fun begins.  ‘Tests’ (yeah, not the tickle the feet with feathers kind) are run on her and she’s made to understand quickly what happens when her captors aren’t satisfied with her actions.  Cooperation goes against the grain, but it will keep her alive and away from the really bad pain.  While they are testing her hybrid stability and abilities, they are also educating her into what they are up to and all sorts of mindblowing intel.  Katy has no idea what is true or what is just a chance to play with her mind.  She doesn’t want to doubt, but things regarding the Luxen don’t seem to be quite the way Daemon portrayed it.  Who to believe…

Daemon is on fire.  His own people and family along with the government stand in his way to Katy and everyone learns that his promises hold good when it comes to nothing standing in his way to get to Katy.  He will do whatever it takes and he does.  Even though getting to her is the easy part.

And so worth it.

“I didn’t mean to wake you.”

The corner of his mouth tipped up.  “You didn’t.”

“You’ve been awake for awhile?”  When his smile spread, I shook my head.  “So you just laid there and let me stare at you like I was a creeper?”

“Pretty much, Kitten.  I figured I’d let you get your fill, but then you kissed me and, well, I like to be a bit more involved in that.”   p. 175 Daemon and Katy, Origin

[quote]Only Daemon and I remained in the courtyard, staring up into the star-ridden sky.  As soon as we were alone, I crawled into his lap, tucking my head under his chin.  Every so often he placed a kiss against my forehead, my chin…my nose, and every time he did, he erased another minute of the time spent at Daedalus.  His kisses really did have the power to change lives.  Not that I’d admit that.  His ego was ginormous as it was.  p. 272 Katy from Origin[/quote]

So much is hard and wrong in the world for them now.  It gets exciting, dangerous and too real.  Their eyes are opened to so much.  Heartwrenching decisions must be made that result in changes they can’t go back on.  But there are moments of hope and happiness.  Things are truly building to the big ending and they, along with others, have paid such a high cost.

Yeah, so that’s what I’m going with for my summary.  I just want to give other readers the gift of experiencing the impact of this one for themselves.  Honestly, I look back at where things began in the first book and think…how innocent it all was.  This one dives into some heavy hitting stuff.  There is still Daemon’s over the top ego and quips and a little of Katy’s sassiness, Dee’s adorbs-ness and Dawson and Beth ooh and ah-sies, and of course Daemon and Katy togetherness along with a few other intriguing characters, but I also clutched my heart in sadness several times and even sprung a few tears.  This one is so dark in tone, but I have hopes that it just means that things are racing toward a spectacular ending for the series.  Things are going to come to a head based on where this one left things.  I mean we’re talking ‘all hands on deck, everyone come out of the woodwork and unlikely allies pooling together’ will be needed to bring everyone through safely.  World changing stuff began in this one and that’s just it- only the beginning.

If I wasn’t totally certain before about Daemon and Katy, this one solidified it.  They both sacrificed for the other demonstrating an ageless love that will only grow deeper.  Much of the book, they are under extreme conditions that leads to their relationship developing at a faster and deeper rate.  Because of what they have gone through and are going through, I didn’t feel like I was reading about two teens, but mature people with a lot riding on their shoulders.  It gets pretty passionate between them, but it felt right to me under the circumstances.

In previous books, I was frustrated with Katy at times because she demonstrated less maturity and did stupid stuff, but she has come into her own I think in this one.  Daemon is still Daemon, who was already pretty mature and hit his stride early but now even he was tempered into something stronger by what he experienced.  This is pretty much Daemon and Katy-focused with them narrating in alternating turns, but other regulars make a good showing along with the intro of a couple new characters.  I tell you now to have the tissues handy because there will be some losses in this one.

As par for the course, it does end on a cliffhanger.  I know…gah!  Until the next book we all sweat it out.

My recommendation is that this is for older teens and adults due to moderate language, moderate sex and moderate to severe violence.

All in all, I have nothing, but good to say about this set-up book.  It did its job and then some.  I loved the plot twists and big reveals that just keep coming along with the action, dialogue and romance.  Those who love the aliens on earth style of sci-fi romance should give this one and the rest of the series a go.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Braine TS
7 years ago

Is the series finished? I want to binge on this, I don’t like aliens but I’m making an exception for this one.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

I believe there is one more book to go and it comes out this summer. There are four books, a novella and a side book (Obsession) that are available now. Each book with the exception of maybe the first one has a cliffhanger. Oh, and I would recommend reading the prequel novella until at least after the first book b/c it assumes you’ve read books 1-2 already b/c of when it released. And the Obsession side book should be read just before book four. LOL! Hope I didn’t confuse you.

Sharonda Lowman
7 years ago

love those quotes 😀

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Thanks! Daemon and Katy are very quotable. I love it when he calls her ‘Kitten’. Early in the series it made her mad; now its just a fond nickname.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

I’ve just read your little intro but yay! I have the first 3 books but haven’t started them. I must do that soon! Glad it was such an awesome read!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Yeah, It’s not a typical YA series. The first two books have the feel b/c of highschool kids and their activities, but it starts moving into serious stuff and its easy to forget age after a while. If you’re going to read the series though, don’t forget the prequel, but read it after book 2 b/c that’s where it will make more sense even though chronologically it falls before book one.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Ahh good to know. Yeah I definitely plan on reading it just not sure…when I’ll manage. lol

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

I hear you. I have so many ‘when I get to it’ books that its just scary.

7 years ago

I only have this book and Obssession to go, so will try your idea about the order. I miss Daemon and the series is almost over.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

It’s coming down to it, Mariana. I’m not sure how I’ll feel when I have the last book in my hands.

Oh and yes, do read Obsession before Origin. Origin references stuff in Obsession and it assumes you already read it. I got the tip from someone else and I’m glad I listened.